I have to say reading Trip Advisor is somewhat of a double edges sword before going to a place - not sure if only unhappy people write articles but im mhere to even the score a little.
When people read 5 Star i do wonder if they straight away think of the Waldorf in New York and expectations are set somewhat high - please remember its North Africa your coming to. That said the hotel is aspiring to be a high stars hotel and in many places easily reaches a 4-5. mIts is super clean, got good space and grounds, pools are lovely and well maintained. The beach is a hard one as we normally go to caribean where its 100%, make no bones the beach was very good here - could do with alittle more cleaning at nights to make it almost perfect.
Food is a good one as it seems to divide many, i thought the food was good and there was planty of choice my wife is a dreaded vegetarian and she though the choices were alittle limited - there was always salad, rice, pastas and veg so she never straved but it would have been nice for some more vegetarian dishes. we were half board so ate many times by the poolside in the afternoons - this was very good - maybe by the end of 2 weeks the menu was dull but pizza and steak etc always good - have to say Sami who worked there was a real gent and an ambassador for all workers - he made a fuss of the kids and us each time and was concerned that we enjoyed and he did all he could - hotel be aware this guy is 110%
With 2 kids the nights enternainment was not really somethig we got much chance to do but what we saw was very good - our 8 year old joined in the mini club and mixed with Spainish, Polish, american children and she loved it - great to see kids playing because they love to and not bothered about where they are from - very nice set up again a credit to the hotel - the gitrls that run it work very hard here.
Drinking is something i had a stab at a few nights in the week when i got a pass from my better half and it was very nice the local beer is good and 4.5 Dn a pop not too bad really (2.49 Dn to the pound) most people there were all inclusive which was something the UK did not offer. ice creams 5 dn, soft drinks 3.5, half bottle of wine with meal 14 so all not too expensive.
Room was nice and big with nice view of sea - two double beds and two singles for the four of us, fridge in room for you to fill, nice batroom. room cleaned each and every day new towels the same. cant be faulted. TV with BBC news and a couple of sports channels in German but if you want full sky stay at home i guess. Safe in room but no WIFI - had to pay at reception by the hour which is something I think they should just give guests these days.
Not many English there - maybe couple of families - lots of German, Polish and Russian - all very nice the people i met
we had a few trips out - we went to Madhia in a taxi - be aware the taxi will call ahead to mate who meets you as if passing in street and says do you remember me from your hotel i'm awaiter from the madia palace - to not be impolite you say of cause i do and off it goes from there - your meeting his wife next who just happens to run a shop selling all manner of tourist things - i sussed it straight away but go along the chaps is nice and you have to buy your nick knacks from some place better him than someone not trying hard enough!! just be aware.
we went to El Jem to the Roman ruins and its well worth a trip out - cost 100 Dn for the taxi to take you stay waiitng for you for a couple of hours and then take you back - well worth it.
oh and important one - weather - well never been anywhere where its so sunny each and every day - no clouds, no rain just sun - be careful some really red people knocking about but amazing if your a sun lover.
overal a very good holiday - beach, pool, drinks, place. Relaxed and chilled and so not ready to be back at work
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 1996, this fabulous Palace of 5 stars lying on a 6 hectare site is located on one of the best beaches of Tunisia's coast. The MAHDIA PALACE THALASSO offers 452 rooms and suites inspired by the style of the Tunisian pure art. Located in the centre of the touristic area next to a turquoise blue sea and a sandy beach, the MAHDIA PALACE THALASSO offers modern comfort to its guests and a real sense of relaxation and well being. This mixture of modernism and tradition, associated with the harmony of colours and style is worthy to the warmth of this jewel of the city of Mahdia. Distance: 3 Km from the centre of the city, 55 Km from "Skanes-Monastir airport", 35 Km from the Coliseum "El Jem. ... more less
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- Mahdia Palace Thalasso Hotel Mahdia
- Palace Hotel Mahdia
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